On December 20, 1988, Chris was competing on the slopes at Middlebury College when a ski came off in the middle of a turn. He fell, broke two vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord. He was paralyzed from the waist down, but has managed to learn and achieve more than he could have ever imagined.
Chris returned to college just two months later and started monoskiing. Two years later, he was named to the US Disabled Ski Team. With 12 Paralympic medals, Chris is the most decorated male monoskier in history. He is also a track athlete and among the few athletes to have won World Championships in both winter and summer games.
Waddell has been inducted into the US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and the Paralympics Hall of Fame. The Dalai Lama has honored him as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion." People Magazine named him one of the “Fifty Most Beautiful People in the World” and Skiing Magazine ranked him amongst the “25 Greatest Skiers in North America." National Public Radio (NPR) named his 2011 commencement address to Middlebury College as one of “The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever.”
In September of 2009, Chris became the first nearly unassisted paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro. The film documenting the climb has won awards throughout the world.
Chri is the founder of the One Revolution Foundation and does his best to share the belief that, “It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.”